JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Jerry Callen Sr. meant the world to Jerome High School Athletics. A lifelong booster, helped purchase the lights and finance the bleachers for the football field.
Shortly before losing a battle to cancer, he got to take a tour of the new gym. But sadly, he never watched a game there.
Now the Jerry Callen Memorial Tournament honors his legacy.
The Lady Tigers faced Madison in the first semi-final Thursday night.
Jerome down 32-19 with six minutes left in the game. Down but not out, Jentry Mills helped the Tigers get back in it with this three, it's a 10 point contest.
Then the Bobcat defense collapses, leaving Hannah Schvanevedlt wide open down low, she gets the three point play.
With 3:13 remaining, it's Madison 32, Jerome 29 and the defense has held the Bobcats scoreless for three minutes.
Forcing yet another turnover, that leads to this easy bucket by Mercedes Bell who posted a game-high 16 points.
The Tigers came back, holding Madison to just one point in the final six minutes, beating them 37-33.
"We are definitely fighting for it, we want it real bad, we're going to go for it."
In the night cap, Kimberly took on Rigby in the late semi-final. The bulldogs got past Burley in the first round, while the Trojans took down the mighty Bishop Kelly Knights.
Rigby got out to a 6-0 start, a lot of it having to do with the work inside by Tylie Jones.
Bulldogs finally get on the board halfway through the quarter on the jumper by Meg Walker.
Kimberly down five, Josie Schmitz, wide open, she drains the three, putting her Bulldogs within two.
Kimberly defense tightens up, Brinley Humphries with the steal, Schmitz takes the pass and scores the next basket as well, tying up the game at eight apiece. She had 10 points on the evening.
This one went down to the wire, but Rigby pulls it out in overtime, 53-50.
The Trojans face the Tigers in the championship set for Friday at 2 p.m.
OTHER SCORES FROM THE TOURNAMENT:
Bishop Kelly 44, Burley 17
Kimberly 37, Burley 30
Gooding 48, Elko 40: Grace Parker posted a game-high 22 points. Erica Anthony added 14.
Jerome 48, Gooding 44: The Tigers came from behind to knock off the Senators. Mercedes Bell and Hannah Schavaneveldt combined for 25 points in the victory. Gooding's Grace Parker had a game-high 18 points in the loss.
Minico 56, Centennial 43: Taylia Stimpson recorded a game-high 29 points in the Spartans' win. The Spartans play Caldwell on Friday at 1:45 p.m. The tournament is held at Timberline High School.